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64 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Dan Ariely. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Dan Ariely, often where they are interviewed.

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64 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Dan Ariely. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Dan Ariely, often where they are interviewed.

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#20 - Dan Ariely on origins, selective empathy, healthcare economics, suicide (and why Ben gave up), safety nets, ways to think about luck, and taking control of life.

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This is the first part of a 4 episode mini-series.


Dan Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University and a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He is the author of the bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, Dollars and Sense and Amazing Decisions -- as well as the TED Book Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes Our Motivations. He is also co-creator of the film documentary (Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies.

Through his research and his (often amusing and unorthodox) experiments, he questions the forces that influence human behavior and the irrational ways in which we often all behave.

Who is it for:

First and foremost - for Dan Ariely fans (like me!). If you want to get an insight into Dan’s origin story - this episode is probably for you. We go back in history, and invest a lot of time on Dan’s childhood experiences, and specifically the accident that left him badly burned.

Second - for those of you who are looking to dissect successful people stories, in the effort of learning what works and why. We look into why Dan does the things that he does, what are his motivations, and how he translates those motivations to actions.

Stay tuned for the next episode, where we talk about experimentation as a way of life, about getting a date with Dan, and much much more… :)

Jul 03 2020



A Spoonful of Sugar: With Guests Ayelet Fishbach, Dan Ariely, Lynne Gauthier & Nancy Strahl

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“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and snap, the job’s a game!” So says Julie Andrews’ character in the Disney film Mary Poppins before she launches into the famous musical number “A Spoonful of Sugar.” 

In this episode of Choiceology with Katy Milkman, we look at the science behind the intuitive strategy of making difficult or boring things easier by adding that “element of fun.” But while Mary Poppins was focused on making the tedious task of cleaning a room a bit more enjoyable, you’ll see that this approach isn’t limited to housework.

You’ll hear Nancy Strahl’s dramatic story of a life-threatening medical event. Her prognosis was grim, but thanks to grit, determination, and some pioneering work in gamifying rehabilitation by Professor Lynne Gauthier, Nancy made a remarkable recovery.

Lynne Gauthier is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and director of the Neurorecovery and Brain Imaging Laboratory. 

Next, Dan Ariely recounts an incredibly difficult long-term treatment that he was able to endure and complete, thanks to a strategy known as temptation bundling (a term coined by Katy Milkman through her research into the phenomenon).

Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and the author of several bestselling books, including Predictably Irrational.

Finally, Ayelet Fishbach joins Katy to discuss research into myriad ways that adding enjoyable elements to difficult or tedious tasks can improve outcomes in everything from math education to exercise to job satisfaction. 

Ayelet Fishbach is the Jeffrey Breakenridge Keller Professor of Behavioral Science and Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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May 25 2020



101. Dan Ariely Interview: Discussing Shapa, the Numberless Scale

The Brainy Business | Understanding the Psychology of Why People Buy | Behavioral Economics
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Today’s episode features a discussion with Dr. Dan Ariely – you know that name by now right? We talk about the numberless smart scale from the company he co-founded, Shapa, and all the research behind it.  

I am very excited to introduce you to Dan Ariely, one of the best known behavioral economists in the world whom I have mentioned many times on the first 100 episodes of the show, and I know I will continue to do so after he helped me kick off these next hundred. He wrote Predictably Irrational and several other books and has done some amazing research.

As I mentioned in the opening, Dan has worked on a huge amount of projects, and while this conversation could have gone in a million directions, we are specifically talking about Shapa. The company he co-founded showcases a numberless scale that was created to change the way we all think about our health and make it easier to do something that many of us find scary…stepping on the scale.

The discussion ties back to a bunch of past episodes (including loss aversion, partitioning, the focusing illusion, herding) as well as on an experiment I did which was influenced by one of Dan’s studies from Kenya. We also talk about overall health (emotional, physical, financial) and how it is all related. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did, and thank you again for joining me Dan!

  • [02:18] In this episode we are specifically talking about Shapa. A company Dan co-founded for a numberless scale that was created to change the way we all think about our health.
  • [03:26] Shapa has many components. How would a social scientist approach helping people lose weight? 
  • [05:04] The struggle for health is a daily struggle. You can’t be healthy five days a week. It doesn’t work. Your healthy life needs to start in the morning. 
  • [07:08] They started studying the bathroom scale. They learned it is a good idea to stand on the scale every morning, not at night. 
  • [08:01] The second thing they learned is that weight fluctuates from 2-8 pounds a day. (wow!)
  • [09:38] They also learned that people think their weight will change very fast if they go on a diet. The reality is that it can take 8 days to two weeks to see results. 
  • [12:31] A year where nothing bad happens is an amazing year. 
  • [12:36] The story of obesity in the U.S. is a story of gaining a little bit throughout the year and not losing - especially in November and December. 
  • [13:39] Shapa created this 5 point scale which includes, “congratulations nothing bad happened!” They tested it and the studies were great.  
  • [15:34] We are obsessed with absolute levels. People usually want to know how what they are doing is improving their health and they want to be motivated. 
  • [16:55] When people go to the doctor they get stressed and their blood pressure goes up. If you go to the doctor and you are the kind of person that gets stressed because you’re seeing a doctor, they might prescribe you blood pressure medicine because you are stressed because of the doctor not because you are really stressed usually.  
  • [18:29] The way they start the process with Shapa is that they ask people to tell them about their environment. 
  • [19:54] Suggestions are sorted by the probability that you will take them and then they give you tips. 
  • [20:07] They focus on small changes and do it for two weeks and then add the next one. 
  • [22:53] Look with fresh eyes from social science about little things in life and then use the digital revolution to really change things. 
  • [24:51] The problem is that the scale has become so negative and the numbers are so depressing. 
  • [25:44] How much do you want to be in a race where the best you can do is not that bad? 
  • [27:59] We need to change our thinking about finances and health. We need to do more things that give people a sense of success and achievement.
  • [30:34] Finances and health are both long-term and often painful struggles; we need strong motivation to achieve there. 
  • [32:17] What are the incentives we can give people to behave in a certain way?
  • [33:30] Shapa has five levels and they each have a different color.
  • [34:39] Mostly we want to have no change with improvements from time to time. 
  • [35:12] Focus on the things where you can make the biggest behavioral impact.
  • [37:02] The feeling of success is important to keep people motivated.
  • [39:46] It is time to fix some of the habits we got wrong during the coronavirus crisis. It is time to take care of ourselves and feel better about ourselves. 
  • [43:10] It always comes back in this way, and you never know what is around the corner.
  • [43:33] If you are working on a health journey as well, with a Shapa or on your own, let’s support each other and do this together - connect with me on social media (links below!).

Thanks for listening. Don’t forget to subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Android. If you like what you heard, please leave a review on iTunes and share what you liked about the show.

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May 22 2020



How to Stop Screwing Up Our Finances, Even in a World That Leads Us Astray -- with Dr. Dan Ariely

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#257: “The checking account is like the trash can of personal finance.”

Today’s podcast guest, the famed behavioral economist Dr. Dan Ariely, is not a fan of checking accounts. Or supermarket end caps. Or anything that distracts us from our financial goals.

In this episode, he explains why.

Dan Ariely is one of the world’s most renowned behavioral economists. He’s the James B. Duke Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University.

His TED Talks have been viewed more than 15 million times. In 2018, he was named one of the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world.

He’s the New York Times bestselling author of many books, including Predictably Irrational, a book that challenges our assumptions about our ability to make rational decisions. He also wrote Dollars and Sense, a book about our cognitive biases, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty, a book about how we lie to everyone, including ourselves.

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May 18 2020

1hr 1min


Dan Ariely - Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Behavior

Knowledge on the Deeper Side
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Dan Ariely LIVE!
Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Behavior
Recorded live in Atlanta on February 9, 2020

Renowned behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely presents cutting edge research to help make sense of the irrational things people do.

Dan Ariely is an Israeli-American James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is the founder of The Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of three New York Times best sellers. Ariely is a prolific speaker whose TED talks have been viewed over 15 million times. In 2018 he was named one of the 50 most influential living psychologists in the world.

Feb 10 2020

1hr 2mins


876 Dan Ariely (replay)- Sensible Living

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Sensible Living with Dan Ariely In this episode, I share with you my interview with one of my favourite authors and economist, Dan Ariely. Having read a few of his books and other work I was stocked to have him accept my invitation to come on the podcast. We discuss resolutions, goal setting and the … Continue reading 876 Dan Ariely (replay)- Sensible Living

Jan 26 2020

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Dec 18 2019

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203. Dan Ariely: Gamble With Your Time. Make Amazing Decisions.

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Dan Ariely (@danariely) has more opportunities than he knows what to do with. As a James B. Duke professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and author of New York Times best-selling books, such as Predictably Irrational, he has lots of demands on his time.

Dan has to say “no” to a lot of opportunities that don’t have a clear payoff. But, surprisingly, he also says “no” to a lot of opportunities that do have a clear payoff.

That’s because, as Dan tells us in this conversation, he gambles with his time. He intentionally does some small amount of things that don’t have a clear payoff. In order to have the space and time for those gambles, he needs to say “no” to some sure bets.

In this episode, we’ll learn more about how Dan gambles with his time. We’ll also learn:

  • How did “gambling” with his time lead Dan to publish his exciting new graphic novel, Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals?
  • The creative process for Dan’s new graphic novel is a big departure from that of his research papers and books. How did he navigate the uncertainty when collaborating with an artist?
  • With everything Dan knows about human behavior, how does he design his habits, rituals and routines to optimize creative output and spark motivation?

This isn’t the typical conversation with the living legend of behavioral science, Dan Ariely. If you want to know more about his groundbreaking work on irrationality, check out our first conversation on episode 51.

A quick note here: Dan and I talk about “Timeful” a number of times throughout this conversation. If you’re not familiar, Timeful was a productivity app that Dan and I collaborated on. It later sold to Google and some of the Timeful features are integrated into Google Calendar.

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Nov 07 2019



772: Dan Ariely: How to Defeat Indecision and Regret

The Art of Charm
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The harder a decision seems to be for people, the less likely it is that we will spend enough time researching it in order to determine what to do - but why is that, how should we handle the component of time when it comes to waiting to make decisions, and what can you do to eliminate the fear of regret in your life?

What to Listen For

  • Why do we spend a lot of time researching insignificant decisions and little time researching significant decisions?
  • How can you approach life-changing decisions from a neutral point of view so you can make the decision for the right reasons?
  • How do does action versus inaction affect our likelihood to regret a certain event and how can you change your perspective in order to eliminate regret?
  • How do we take time into account when deciding how much time to spend researching minor and major decisions?
  • What are the three types of decisions and how can your awareness of each one help you to avoid wasting valuable time
  • What is anchoring and how does it affect our decision making as we make decisions that build on one another and how can your awareness of it prevent you from falling into an unhealthy trap?
  • What are market norms and social norms and how do they affect your willingness to oblige someone’s request for help?
  • How do market norms reduce the trust between people and turn relationships into economic transactions?

We make decisions that affect our lives every single day. Some decisions are small, some are big, and some are repeated on a regular basis. Unfortunately, we only have so much time to think about these decisions so it can save us a lot of time if we at least understand how to approach each one. Small decisions, like what movie theater to go to or what appetizer to get, should take the least amount of our time since they impact our lives the least, and our time is better spent being present or contemplating more important decisions. Big decisions, like where to live or who to marry, should necessitate more time as they will have lasting effects on our lives. And lastly, decisions that are made regularly, like your morning routine or what to eat each day, should be automated as much as possible to reduce the drain on your willpower so that it can be used for resource-intensive tasks like work, or studying, or solving complex problems in your life. We only have so much time to live - don’t waste it on unimportant issues in your life.

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Resources from this Episode

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Dan’s podcast Arming the Donkeys

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

The Upside of Irrationality by Dan Ariely

The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty by Dan Ariely

Amazing Decisions by Dan Ariely

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Aug 05 2019



SPOTLIGHT: Why We Do What We Do with Dan Ariely

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*This 20 Minute Spotlight was edited from our one-hour interview in 2017. We repeatedly and predictably make wrong decisions throughout, and in many aspects of, our lives. Dan Ariely wants to make the concepts of behavioral economics more accessible by describing them in non-academic terms so that more people will learn about this type of research and get excited about using some of the insights to enrich their own lives. 

Apr 16 2019